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People Continued from page 70 at the age of,88, Mrs. Bryan (that's what everybody in town called her) left behind nine chil- dren, 28 grandchildren, 49 great- grandchildren and one great- great-grandchild named Xavier Dunn. But Mrs. Bryan was a sur- rogate grandmother to a couple of generations of Lewes hardheads who passed her house on the way to the little league field or boat ramp over the years. I used to run at 5 a.m., but when I passed her house she was always awake do- ing something in the kitchen. My children and their friends used to swing in the tree next to her house. "Mrs. Bryan doesn't mind," they would say. The thing that always struck me was how all kids just genuinely respected the little woman. And Mrs. Bryan babysat in her spare time well into her 80s. One of my new ninth- grade students is Tiffany Fort, who is just the sweetest little per- - son a teacher could ever have as a stu- dent. Tiffany knew the en- tire extended Bryan family off the top of her head. EI- ma Mac's children in- FORT elude Betty Dunn, Shirley Fort, Marlyn Mitchell, Gwen Leppo, Janet Lindsay, Yvonne Martz, Gordon Bryan, Ronald Bryan and Richard Bryan. Tiffany misses her great- grandmother but always has a smile on her face when she talks about her. And so does the rest of Lewes. Mrs. Elma Mae Bryan. What a nice little person. Cape Region Athletes Of The Week DEER IN THE HOOD BET- TER THAN ON THE HOOD-- Better watch out for those two- faced white-tailed domesticated deer at Cape Henlopen State Park. When my gray muzzled golden retrievers are coming toward you, they look like white-tailed deer going away from you. Some peo- ple I work with share that same inverse directional relationship with horses. The other night I was walking in the dark along the bike trails at Cape Henlopen State Park. I came within several feet of laid-back deer who have lost all fear of humans, at least while you're looking at them. I contin- ued walking around the bayfront road in Cape Shores. And there I spotted them. Four big deer rhunching on expensive shrub- bery and beach grasses. Personal- ly, I was getting a perverse plea- sure seeing fauna feeding on exot- ic beds of greenery that looked more lush than a Back Porch sal- ad in Rehoboth. But when the deer saw me they skedaddled. Hightailed their white tails. The little sneaks. Give them an inch and they eat your yard. SNIPPETS- Kai Maull is now a legitimate track-and-field All- American, not a fast food franchise all-star advertising McDonald's. Kai has been named to the scholas- tic first team in the long jump by the magazine "Track and Field News," which is the bible of track in the United States. Kai is rated third in the country, and the two ath- letes in front of him are now college fresh- MAULL men...Cape' s Kay Cofrancesco is a member of the Gettysburg tennis team. Kay is one of six athletes to play singles. Kay and her parents wanted to thank all the teachers and coaches at Cape, but I ain't got space for all that mess...Polar Bears begin Sun- day at I p.m. at the Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes. Please don't call and ask if it's still on if it's raining. The last time I checked, the ocean was wet. Punkin' Chunkin' is good to go, rain or shine, I'll be the emcee again this year. Please stop by and say hello; just remember to bring a gift... John Bamforth and Doug will be roasting a pig and giving free sand- wiches to all the chunkers. As one chunker so eloquently put it at last Sunday's final Chunkers' meeting. "Good pig and good people makes foi a fine afternoon." Go on now, spit. COLE PAVLIK The hard-working sopho- more battled the field at last Tuesday's Sussex County championships, placing sec- ond overall while pacing her team to the county champi- onship. Pavlik outlasted teammate Danille Guerin to the finish line. Cape's Jen- nifer Hicks is out for the sea- son with a toe injury. Cole has qualified the past two years for the AAU National Championships with the Seashore Striders and hopes to be at her best for the up- coming conference and state meets. CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 31 - November 6, 1997 - 71 Central's 'shot heard round the conference By Susan Frederick It was the shot heard round the conference. Tuesday afternoon's showdown between unbeatens Sussex Central and Cape Henlopen ended on a single shot - Central's only shot of the game - when forward Karen Pettyjohn pulled the trigger to as- sassinate the Vikings' flawless season by a single overtime goal. That goal would be "all she wrote" as the Lady Knights dropped the Vikings 143 just one game short of regular season play. "I guess you have to love every- thing but the score," said an emo- tional Mike Eisenhour as the Lewes sky darkened moments af- ter his team's first defeat of the season. "Itwas an excellent hockey game. We played great defense throughout, and we controlled the offense for most of the game and five minutes into the overtime. This is what can happen on one breakaway goal." The Vikings dominated the of- fensive action for most of the first two periods, but were unable to put the ball in the cage. Central's deep defense, led by goalie Missy Reddish's 24 saves, denied Cape a goal in spite of a 30-0 advantage in shots and a 17-2 dominance in comers during regulation play. ' ends Cape streak "We were unable to finish the play when we had the ball inside the scoring circle," said Eisen- hour. "And give credit to their goalie for great play." Midway through the 10-minute, seven-on-seven overtime, Central center forward Laura Bausch grabbed the ball at midfield and managed to dodge past two Cape defenders, apparently steaming fight down the mouth of the goal. Teammate Karen Pettyjohn shad- owed to the left, and Viking goalie Erica Waples was left between a rock and a hard place as Bausch tipped the ball to Pettyjohn, who chipped in for the score. "We played hard when we needed to," said Pettyjohn, "and that's what counts. It was just the two of us and the goalie. Laura passed it to me, I waited a second, then I hit it in. Our goalie did a great job, too. She kept us in the game all day." "This was a tremendous, tremendous effort," said Central coach Debbie Windett. "We've been this way all season. This team does not have great speed or great size, but we've shown a lot of heart. This team is very special to me." Central's victory on Tuesday puts the conference championship on the line pending the results of Thursday's post-deadline Central- Milford game. If Central wins, the Lady Knights get bragging rights to the Henlopen North for the 1997 season;, if they lose or tie, Cape steals the division. The Vikings' record stood at 13-1-1 on Tuesday, while the Lady Knights' record was 11-0-3. But the conference title was not on Eisenhour's mind after his team's defeat. "We'll bounce back from this," he said. "All season long, we have divided our season into thirds. This Thursday's game against A.I. DuPont marks the be- ginning of the last third of our sea- son. Right now we're concentrat- ing on A.I. and beyond that to the state tournament." Cape hosted A.I. Thursday af- ternoon. Leading scorer Kelly Palekar knocked in two goals and record- ed an assist, with Amanda Hop- kins contributing one goal, in last Thursday's 3-0 shutout over Mil- ford. Eisenhour also credited mid- fielders Jacki Warrington and Samantha Catts and back Kim Smith with "incredible play all season long." Waples had seven saves that day, while Milford goalie Hillary Joseph recorded 11. Cape's junior varsity played to a Continued on page 72 SCOTT STEELE The veteran senior who's been playing varsity soccer and lacrosse since his fresh- man year, Scott had a great field game last Tuesday as the Vikings socked a good Seaford team 3-0. Steele scored the first goal of the game on a penalty kick and set up the second tally on a crossing pass to Zach Bolick. ZACH BOLICK Zach has quietly but steadily improved his four years at Cape and the player Coach Myers calls the "Ener- gizer Bunny" has become a key ingredient in Cape's 27 wins over the last two years. Zach scored a goal in last Tuesday's Seaford game and did a great job in the mid- field against a physical Blue- jay squad. EVAN MOCK A fifth grader at Lewes Middle School, Evan has i owned the nine and under I age group for the last two I years. Last week he moved I up to a tougher 10-13 group I at the Sea Witch 5K and rose ! to the top with a P.R. of 20:09, shattering his former 21:12 best. Stepdad Dave Serman snuck Evan some coffee to wake him up on race day and he is ready to gulp some "Maxwell House" before every race. Evan's time made the country's top 10 list for 10-year-olds through USA Track & Field.